How to prepare your house for sale

How to prepare your house for sale

Selling your house can be exciting and stressful at the same time. You certainly don’t want to wait for months before you can complete the transaction, so here’s a list of things that will help you during this process.

When the time comes to sell your house, you need to make sure it’s attractive to potential buyers. This is called “staging” and it is one of the deciding factors. If you go to check out a potential house and it is well presented and kept, you are more likely to make an offer. Let’s see some tips to prepare your house:

1-    Make repairs

Before you start showing your house, make sure you make all the repairs that need to be done. Most buyers want to move into a home that won’t require much work, not only because they don’t want to spend more money than the one they spend buying, but also because they don’t want to spend a lot of time before they can move in.

2-    Get it cleaned

This sounds obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Nobody wants to walk into a dirty house and you most certainly can’t see yourself living in a cluttered space. You can clean it yourself or hire a professional cleaning service. Don’t forget to clean the outside too, as this is the first thing your potential buyers will see. If it is within your possibilities, add a fresh coat of paint to the front door and a welcome mat.

3-    Contact real estate brokers

Start calling brokerage firms and see what they ask for when selling a house, because they can usually make buyers more interested or can help you find ways to get more money for selling your house.

4-    Paint the walls

It is a good idea to add a fresh coat of paint to the walls. Potential buyers are usually reluctant to do this themselves when they move in. Also, they might offer less money if they have to paint it. Freshly painted walls also help potential buyers to envision themselves living there.

5-    De-personalize

We have probably mentioned this in every tip, but potential buyers want to see themselves living there. So if your house is full of photos, mementos or trinkets of your liking, it might be difficult for them to do so. Try toning it down a bit and keeping it welcoming and familiar but in a more neutral way.

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